New Planter in front garden

The greatest excitement of November 2020 is building a new planter for my front garden. I have spent most of 2020 looking out of front window so I got inspired to do something different. Out went the beautiful tree, in came this new planter.

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50th Anniversary of Sri Chinmoy in Oxford

50 years ago. 19 November 1970, Sri Chinmoy visited Oxford for the first time. He gave a lecture at Keble College, entitled the Universe.

“The universe.

The universe is God’s creation and man’s realisation.

The universe is God’s Compassion and man’s emancipation.

The universe is God’s Concentration and man’s transformation.

The universe is God’s Meditation and man’s revelation.

The universe is God’s Contemplation and man’s manifestation.

The poet in me tells me that the universe is beautiful.

The singer in me tells me that the universe is enchanting.

The philosopher in me tells me that the universe is meaningful.

The Yogi in me tells me that the universe is soulful.

The God-lover in me tells me that the universe is fruitful.”

– Sri Chinmoy, My Rose Petals, part 1

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Great Tree

I grew this tree from a foot long sapling, but it is on its way out for an exciting new project. It’s sad to cut it down as I look at it every day and improves the view out of the window.

The last leaves. Continue Reading →


Two videos

This promo for 2020 national hill climb was shot last autumn by local film maker, Maciek Tomiczek. I feature going up Chinnor hill.


I also fancied submitting a video to Gardener’s World viewers videos, so I made this video. But, I don’t think it is good enough. On the positive side it showed I needed to get the hair clippers out again and finish off the back of my head.


Garden July 2020

Garden in July

View from above

Kale doing well  this year.

Summer calabrese and spring broccoli


Swiss chard  and Tomato

Coriander all went to seed.


Front garden



This was a great cabbage.


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